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177-5004 Tunker House

Tunker House
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VLR Listing Date 03/02/1971

NRHP Listing Date 07/02/1971

NPS property number 71000989

This plain Shenandoah Valley brick farmhouse is a relic of the early German Baptist Brethren, or Dunkers, known originally in the area as the Society of Tunkers, who opposed the use of churches and held their religious services in selected homes. The house was erected between 1802 and 1806 for Benjamin Yount, who outfitted the front portion of the first floor with hinged partitions that could be raised to accommodate religious gatherings. Yount’s daughter was the wife of Peter Nead, a leading member of the Tunkers and author of Primitive Christianity, which served as the Brethren’s first theological work in English. Nead and his wife occupied her father’s house until 1839. Although it is now a private residence, the hinged partitions of this combination church-home remain in place.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018